PhD RN, Associate Dean, Clinical Scholarship & Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, United States
Prof Ruth Kleinpell is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Scholarship, Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education, and a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville Tennessee, USA.
She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and has over 25 years of clinical experience in the ICU and acute care settings. She has received federal and foundation grant funding to conduct research related to outcomes after critical illness, the role of the advanced practice nurse, and patient and family centered care.
She is currently serving as a board member on the World Federation of Critical Care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Tennessee Nurses Association Political Action board.
She is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the 3rd nurse to serve in this capacity in the 46-year history of the organisation. She is also past president of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an international organisation with over 40 country members representing over 500,000 critical care nurses worldwide.
She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the National Academies of Practice, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Institute of the Medicine of Chicago.
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